Cultures

Vrasia

The Ymma: Tribal culture living inhabiting northwest Vrasia. Strong emphasis on individual honor and martial prowess. (Celtic, Saxon, Norse inspirations)

The Kashebi: Peoples living to the east of the middle sea in central Vrasia. Place great value on poetry, literature, and art. Traditionally value learning, responsible for some of the world’s oldest universities. Society generally structured into castes with strong central authority, but with room for meritocratic advancement. (Persian, Babylonian, maybe Ottoman inspirations)

The Safiya: Desert culture living along the banks of the Twin Serpents rivers in southern Vrasia. Great dependency on annual inundation has made these people strongly religious an superstitious, although they are also strong polytheistic, with cults and orders to a vast array of deities and spirits abounding. (Ancient Egyptian, Bedouin inspirations)

The Diipaa: Seafaring people of The Middle Sea. Strong emphasis on travel, trade, and barter. Rites of passage everyone to leave home to travel in early adulthood. (Phoenician, Carthaginian, early Greek inspirations)

The Eramii: Dominant culture of northern Vrasia. Eponymous empire ruled most of Vrasia for nearly 1000 years before recently splintering.

Rakudai:Aristocratic country. Northern Vrasia peninsula, Greek warriors/stuffy politicians. The city is kept under a strict rule by the nobles (by blood only, with rare exceptions. Internally consider themselves honorable and brave. Most other cultures see them as pushovers. Disputes are generally solved by duel (normally spears, but the challenged chooses). Strong military focus (Hoplite/spartan style), soldiers are well known for being excellent warriors and a real pain in the ass.

Balamoor

The Tunganee people of the Balamoor Steppe: An egalitarian meritocracy of shamanistic herd nomads, who practice extreme head binding leading to elongated curved skulls. They are persistence herders traveling with the herds across the northern steppes of Balamoor.

Kyishekie: A nomadic people off the coast, who spend most of their time at sea, they have developed densely muscular bodies, with negative buoyancy. Most people can hold their breath underwater for at least 30 minutes, 45 is seen as an exceptional swimmer. They often hunt and fish on the shallow sea floor with slender barbed spears, or nets.

Tribes of Ixxiax tending towards shorter nimble builds, they speak two distinct and different language, their main one is a collection of sharp whistles that disappear into the jungle background to those not knowing to listen. Their religious language is a deep guttural chanting. Shamans eat a species of Caterpillar that feasts on toxic mushrooms and flowers, breaking down the poisons into powerful hallucinogens that allow the shamans to pass into the spirit world and commune with spirits directly. They are the descendants of an ancient civilization who is long gone, living in their ruined cities and temples, unaware of the greatness that has fallen to ruin around them.

Bala-Hage Cragfolk: (Balamoor mountains) A loosely connected network of large extended family units. Generally peaceful but known to have the occasional skirmish between clans over territory or flocks. Fierce defenders of their own people and property but not known to go looking for a fight outside their borders. Their culture is heavily influenced by yaks and mountain goats, the only animals they can farm on a large scale due to the terrain. The herd animals are revered as totems (sometimes even deities). They are sacred animals because the people rely on them for clothing, food, oil, tools, etc. They tend to be smaller but well built and are known for excellent eyesight, hearing, and balance.

Reefwind Islands

Tagata (Western Reefwind Islands) The people of Tagata Laᴓ inhabit many of the islands in this region. While the full name of these people is not always the same after unification people began calling themselves Tagata. Tagata Laᴓ refers specifically to the peoples of Zamiatin the main island of the region. The other large island in this part of the archipelago is Massina. Massina is home to the second largest cultural group in the area. Tagata MatuꚎ is a breakaway of the Tagata Laᴓ culture. The people of this section of the islands all spread out from Zamitatin in antiquity, filling the islands and creating different subcultures. During the conflicts of the past before unification any major conflict never completely removed a cultural group as it was far to easy for peoples to travel between the islands and escape complete annihilation. The Islands have shaped these people and in the early days of the land, this leads to isolation of each island. As time went on Zamiatin was unified and prosperity reigned. Now Zamiatin stands as the main power in the region the Tagata Laᴓ first conquered Massina mainly in a bloodless coup d’etat which installed a friendly ruler who gave more and more trade concessions to Zamiatin. Eventually, it became clear that there were few cultural differences and the dialects spoke were easily overcome due to the abundance of people who spoke both. Unification happened just over a century ago, mainly through trade contracts and clientage contracts between noble houses and lesser families on the smaller islands.